Media Studies is a truly contemporary subject which is relevant to all our lives. The media saturates everything we do in the developed world in the 21st Century. Giving students the tools to analyse and critique the media affords them the chance to see the ways in which the media pervades their lives.
Media Studies improves literacy skills, because students are motivated and happy to write detailed critiques of the media in a way many are not when analysing Victorian literature or writing essays for other subjects. They also learn a great deal of new terminology, much of which can be used in other subjects, including English, the Humanities, DT and Science. Also, Media Studies is a genuinely vocational subject. Students make their own films, write their own newspapers, set up their own websites or create their own music videos. It’s extremely hands-on; students interact with modern technology using all the usual desktop software, as well as specialist video and sound editing software.
As a subject it’s intellectually challenging. Most people don’t realise that it has a thorough grounding in theory. Students learn about linguistic theory, exploring the complexities of structuralist and post-structuralist thought.